Friday, July 11, 2014

2014 PBA Grand Slam

12 Things about the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Grand Slam
  1. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines composed of ten company-branded franchised teams. It was the first professional basketball league in Asia and is the second oldest in the world after the NBA. The league's regulations are a hybrid of rules from FIBA and the NBA. The league played its first game at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on April 9, 1975.
  2. Grand Slam in the Philippine Basketball Association(PBA) refers to a PBA team who has won Four straight conferences (tournaments) in a single season.
  3. The 2000–2009 decade is the first decade where there would be no grand slam winner partly due to the adjustments in the league calendar starting with the 2004-05 season wherein the start of the season was moved from January to October and the reduction of the conferences per season from three to two but the three-conference season format was reinstated in the 2010-11 season.
  4. Four teams and four coaches have already achieved the Grand Slam feat.
  5. The Crispa Redmanizers, owned by P. Floro and Sons, Inc., played in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) from 1975 to 1984 and was one of the nine founding teams of the PBA and it held a total of thirteen PBA championships and were the first & second grand slam winners in the league.
  6. San Miguel franchise is owned by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) since 1975 and holds the most number of PBA titles (currently at 19) and they have achieved the PBA's third grand slam in 1989 and it is one of three PBA ball clubs owned by the SMC group of companies, along with the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. It is also the only remaining original franchise in the PBA (the team was then known as the Royal True Orangemen) when it opened in 1975.
  7. The Alaska Aces, owned by Alaska Milk Corporation, played since 1986 and the owner of 14 PBA championships with the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup as their latest. The Aces won nine PBA championships in the 1990s and became the fourth PBA team to have won the rare grand slam (winning three championships in one season) during the 1996 season.
  8. On July 9, 2014, San Mig Coffee Mixers got their first ever Grand Slam feat.This was also the second Grandslam of Coach Tim Cone since the Alaska in 1996.
  9. The San Mig Super Coffee Mixers is owned by the San Miguel Pure Foods Company, Inc. (formerly, Pure Foods Corporation), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and is one of three PBA ball clubs currently owned by the SMC group of companies, along with Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the San Miguel Beermen. Known for its first two-decades as Purefoods, after their 10th championship, was renamed as San Mig Super Coffee Mixers and became the fourth team in PBA history to win the Grand Slam in the 2013-14 season, after 18 years, under the mentoring of the "winningest coach," Tim Cone.
  10. The defunct first and second grand slam winning team, Crispa Redmanizers, still holds the most consecutive wins in a conference which is 19 during the  1980 All-Filipino Conference.
  11. Tim Cone clinched his 18th title in the recent match between San Mig Coffee Mixers (formerly Purefoods) and Rain or Shine, also made history by being the first coach to win two Grand Slams after he steered San Mig Coffee to pull off a historic Grand Slam and a fourth straight championship in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.
  12. Additionally, eight (8) PBA teams known as "The Pretenders" are teams who have won the first two conferences but were beaten on the last tournament.

References:

PBA Official Website
Philippine Basketball Association
List of Philippine Basketball Association champions
Philippine Basketball Association records
Grand Slam (PBA)
Baby Dalupan
Tim Cone
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Crispa Redmanizers
San Miguel Beermen
Alaska Aces (PBA)
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers
SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE NAILS GOVS’ CUP, COVETED GRAND SLAM
San Miguel–Purefoods rivalry
San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, the PBA’s unlikely Grand Slam Champions
San Mig Coffee marches into history with Grand Slam feat
Tim Cone and the San Mig Grand Slam — How once in a lifetime happened twice
Rare 4-peat, rare grand slam: San Mig completes epic tale
Why Tim Cone and Norman Black can coach in the PBA and how Rajko Toroman can too

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